Police log

November 28, 2003

Pa. man charged with aggravated assault

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a Waynesboro, Pa., man was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and criminal trespass for an incident Tuesday evening that began on the campus of Penn State Mont Alto.

Police said they responded to a criminal trespass call at the campus at 6:21 p.m. Police said university employee Russell Miller, address unavailable, had struggled with a man he was trying to detain until police arrived.

Miller followed the man to a residence on the 6900 block of Slabtown Road, according to police.

Lucas Earl Gates, 21, was arrested in his Slabtown Road home and allegedly struggled with officers while being taken into custody, police said.

Fire damages Morgan County home

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A two-story brick home in the 8500 block of Winchester Grade Road caught fire Thursday night, displacing at least two residents from the home, according to the South Morgan Volunteer Fire Department.


Firefighters were dispatched at 5:33 p.m. to the home, and departments from Berkeley Springs and Reynolds Store in Frederick County, Va., assisted.

According to fire department information, the fire was under control by 6:15 p.m., although firefighters were still on the scene at 8:30 p.m.

Search unsuccessful for alleged assailant

Washington County Sheriff's deputies and a state police helicopter searched unsuccessfully Wednesday night for a man who allegedly entered a woman's home and held a knife to her.

Police said that at about 3:40 p.m., officers went to a home in the 200 block of Weldon Drive near Boonsboro for a reported assault.

The woman at the home told police that a man rang her doorbell and then forced his way into her house. She said she began to fight the man when he punched her in her face, and then held a knife to her face.

Police said the woman's face had small cuts.

Deputies, a police dog and a Maryland State Police helicopter searched roads and wooded areas near her home, but did not find the man.

Police said the man was wearing blue jeans, a dark long-sleeve shirt and a dark ski mask that had only eyeholes.

Generator stolen during shopping trip

A man returning from a store to his parked vehicle found that a generator he left in his pickup truck bed had been stolen Wednesday afternoon, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said the man and his girlfriend had been shopping at Sam's Club on Wesel Boulevard. The couple shopped for about a half hour, and at about 4 p.m. found that the Honda generator, 3000 series, had been taken out of the 2004 GMC Sierra truck.

Police said the generator belonged to the man's Gaithersburg, Md., employer, Masters Inc. The generator was valued at $1,000.

Anyone who may have seen the theft may call investigators at 301-790-3700.

Man charged with stealing cleaning van

FREDERICK, Md. - A man almost made a clean getaway Wednesday with a carpet cleaner's van, Frederick City Police said.

Police said Crystal Clean Carpet employee Donald Ausherman was machine washing carpets at 227 W. Patrick St. at about 5:30 p.m. when the hose he was holding was yanked out of his hands and pulled out the door.

Ausherman ran outside and found his company van, to which the hose was attached, was being driven off.

Two off-duty city officers saw the stolen van and began to follow it. When marked police cars joined the chase, they stopped the stolen van on U.S. 340 near Mount Zion Road.

Police charged Donald Raymond Sanford, 38, of 36410 Notley Hall Road, Chaptico, Md., with motor vehicle theft, malicious destruction of property, theft, and driving without a license.

Sanford was being held Thursday evening at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $8,000 bond.

Police respond to beer distributor

Hagerstown City Police received a report Thursday night of a burglary at an Eldridge Drive beer distributor.

Police were called at 9:55 p.m. by an alarm to Larkin Wholesale Co., 929 Eldridge Drive, in an industrial park off Frederick Street.

Sgt. Mark Renner said officers found a door had been broken and someone had entered. It was not clear Thursday night if anything had been taken.

Water pump missing

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A water pump valued at $75 was reported stolen Tuesday from an 81-year-old woman's home, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

The woman, who lives on the 5700 block of Bricker Road, told police that the item was taken sometime between Saturday and Tuesday.

Car reported stolen

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man reported his car was stolen Monday from the parking lot of the Food Lion on Lincoln Way West, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said

The car is a gray 1989 Pontiac 6000. It did not have license tags when it was last seen by the owner. Police said someone was reportedly seen driving it near Fayetteville, Pa.

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